Class Central is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

University of Edinburgh

COVID-19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application

University of Edinburgh via FutureLearn

This course may be unavailable.


Learn to manage critical care patients whilst protecting yourself and your peers

“One of the essential qualities of the clinician is interest in humanity: the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient”
Francis W. Peabody, Harvard Medical School 1925

This course focuses on the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, but you will find key clinical updates from May/June 2021 in Week 4. The course remains open for you to use the resources and complete if you wish, but will no longer be facilitated. We hope you find the information useful.

Understanding critical care

You will learn the daily practice for frontline clinical staff supporting critical care patients with and without COVID-19, and how to apply ventilation and organ support principles to the care of a critically ill coronavirus patient.

Discover how to recognise, assess and manage deteriorating patients on the ward, and watch videos that demonstrate effective situation management in COVID-19 critical care.

Learn the fundamentals of COVID-19 and ventilation support

We provide information on a number of checklists, resources and guidelines being produced specifically for COVID-19 in order to assist healthcare teams with their clinical management and decision making.

In addition, we provide an overview of the basic principles of Ventilation and Organ Support. It will cover the pathophysiology of sepsis and ARDS, mechanical ventilation, shock, sepsis and septic shock, acute kidney injury, and haemofiltration. This will support a range of staff members, including those new to critical care.

The importance of staff well-being

It is important to recognise that we need to care for ourselves in order to care for our patients, relatives and colleagues. The final part of the course explores how our emotions impact our well-being and provides you with resources to support you at this time.

This course has been designed for frontline clinical staff who are caring for critically ill patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This includes a wide range of healthcare professionals in acute care, from many different clinical speciality backgrounds.

You may have some previous critical care experience or none.

The information will support those refreshing critical care knowledge and skills, newly qualified doctors, those who are upskilling, and those returning to acute clinical services during the COVID-19 pandemic.


  • Welcome to COVID-19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application
    • Getting Started
  • Deteriorating Patient
    • Deterioration in the Ward Patient
    • Deterioration in the Intubated Patient
    • Tracheostomy Emergencies
    • Equipment Used in the Intubated Patient
    • WHO E-Learning Package
    • Resources
  • Daily Practice of Critical Care
    • Bedside Equipment
    • Day-to-Day Critical Care
    • WHO E-Learning Package
    • Resources
  • COVID-19 Specifics
    • COVID-19 Critical Illness: Clinical Overview
    • WHO E-Learning Package
    • Donning and Doffing PPE
    • Intubation
    • Proning
    • Resources
  • Ventilation and Organ Support
    • Respiratory Failure and Ventilation
    • Shock
    • Acute Kidney Injury (AKI) and Renal Replacement Therapy (RRT)
    • WHO E-Learning Package
    • Resources
  • Self-care and Staff Well-being
    • Introduction by Dorothy Armstrong
    • Caring Human Factors: Understanding and Applying
    • Amygdala Hijack: Understanding Our Fear
    • Meeting Emotions: Facing Our Fear
    • Self-compassion and Self-care
    • Resources

Taught by

Graham Nimmo


4.4 rating, based on 7 Class Central reviews

4.8 rating at FutureLearn based on 438 ratings

Start your review of COVID-19 Critical Care: Understanding and Application

  • Anonymous
    COVID -19 is very pendamic situation where all world is facing the challenge to fight with this. We have need to ensure that we would have to maintain social distancing. Hand wash should be done atleast by 20 seconds on every alternative hours. Ensuring the face mask to move outside from home.
    As we have also started to support needy person in such situation. We are raining the fund by online and using them to provide in slum colonies and we'll. Providing meals and breakfast to labours as well.

    As on we have provided Rashan and dry foods more than 300 families who are not able to earn and run their families in such tough time.
    This course is very easy, approchable, easy to understand. pdf are very knowledful. This course is useful for trained medical person. Then how to use of ppe, control of infection. Covid 19 effect kidneys and how to prevent care of it. I am serving as a lab technologist in molecular virology laboratory that why i enjoy these topics. COURSE IS VERY EASY.i am very great ful.organizing team are very good.i selection of topic language ,fonts writing all are very good.students are able to learn how to treat covid 19.
  • I find it damn interesting as we are complaining we have nothing to do in this quarantine this is our gateway
  • Anonymous
    A very important course showing how to deal with Covid patients and the method of exercises and procedures to be followed in health institutions for patients in these cases, reinforced by recent sources and the latest research in this regard
  • Farrukh Raza
    very informative and helpful as different medical terms regarding the Corona virus defined easily and furthermore and practicals added time by time to clear the confusions regarding the treatment.
  • Zubaidaaftab
    this course is very easy,approchable. it is easy to understand. pdf are very knowledful.this course is useful for trained medical person.use of ppe, control of infection.covid 19 effect to prevent care of it. i am serving trained nurse i enjoy these topics. COURSE IS VERY EASY.i am very great ful.organizing team are very good.i am old student of future learn.selection of topic language ,fonts writing all are very good.students are able to learn how to treat covid 19. SIGN SYMPTOMS OF COVID 19 PATIENTS.peoples are not knowing about disease infection dirrect children, hospitalized with severe disease. in severity patient with low oxygen level or needing oxygen therapy.
  • Profile image for Raj Gowtham
    Raj Gowtham
    After completing the 6 week challenge I don't get the certificate yet.
    Many of them were not got the certificate. If you can't provide the certificate then why telling free certificate and all..... Stop fooling us like this.....
    Down down

Never Stop Learning.

Get personalized course recommendations, track subjects and courses with reminders, and more.

Someone learning on their laptop while sitting on the floor.